Jon Jones Feels Inspired By Conor McGregor\'s Huge Pay Days And Believes Showdown With WWE Star Brock Lesnar Would Benefit MMA

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READ: Full fight report of UFC 214 including Jon Jones win over Daniel Cormier 

  • Light-heavyweight champion called out Brock Lesnar after his victory  

  • Jones revealed Conor McGregor has inspired him to seek big pay-days 

  • He said: 'It would be great for MMA, that's what we need, to expand our sport'

  • Jon Jones believes a big-money showdown against WWE star Brock Lesnar would be 'tremendous' after regaining the UFC light heavyweight belt.

    After returning to the Octagon from a year-long drugs ban, Jones produced a stunning knockout win over long-term adversary Daniel Cormier in Los Angeles on Saturday night to become UFC champion again.


    Jones wasted no time in setting his sights on his next opponent after challenging former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE performer Lesnar within seconds of seeing his hand raised.

    Jon Jones called out Brock Lesnar in the wake of his victory against Daniel Cormier
    The light-heavyweight champion is looking for a huge pay-day after being inspired 

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    The 30-year-old is prepared to step up in weight to face Lesnar, for a bout he believes would boost both his bank balance and the profile of mixed martial arts.

    'Obviously Brock Lesnar has millions of followers outside of MMA, which is huge for our sport,' said Jones.

    'And I feel like Brock has a pretty limited game. I just think it's a winnable fight and there's just so much reward that's involved.

    'Conor McGregor has shown me that these huge pay days are possible. It's been an inspiration that you can do it. It's like the first guy who went to the moon.

    Jones believes most casual fans would love to watch him take on the WWE star
    Jones says the meteoric rise of Conor McGregor has inspired him to reach big pay-days

    'I've no clue where this Brock Lesnar situation first came from or how it started, but it got serious really quick

    'It would be great for the MMA world and definitely bring more of the general public to mixed martial arts. That's what we need, to expand our sport.'

    Lesnar appears to be equally keen to take on Jones. Within minutes of the UFC champion's challenge, he said: 'Be careful what you wish for, young man.'

    However, the pair will have to be patient for the fight to materialise. Lesnar still has another six months of a drugs ban to serve after previously signalling his intention to retire from UFC competition.

    The pound-for-pound king might have to bide his time as Dana White said it is 'not a reality'

    He would also have to re-enter the UFC's drugs testing regime to become eligible to return to the promotion.

    UFC president Dana White said: 'It's fine to talk about, but the reality of it happening anytime soon, is not a reality.'

    Victory in front of 16,000 fans at the Honda Center cemented Jones' reputation as arguably the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in UFC history.

    Despite his lengthy absence from the Octagon, Jones showed no signs of ring rust whatsoever as he beat Cormier for the second time in a rematch two-and-a-half years in the making.

    Jones feels like he is in his prime as a fighter and can only improve physically and mentally 

    'I feel like the best is yet to come. At 30, I feel like I'm at my physical and mental prime,' he said.

    'This is my time to start all over and be the champion that the fans deserve.'


    Cormier was knocked out cold by Jones' third round onslaught, with the 38-year-old left in tears afterwards at suffering another defeat to his fellow American.

    But despite the pair being involved in a heated war of words between their two fights, Jones paid tribute to Cormier afterwards.

    After their epic encounter, Jones heaped praise on the character of Cormier 

    'I've always felt like he's a pretty classy guy, a guy to be respected, a stand-up champion,' said Jones.

    'But unfortunately, I came into this game at a young age with big ideas. Despite how good of a person he is, there's no mercy in combat and I have to do what I have to do.

    'I don't think it should ever be questioned whether he was a true champion or not. In my absence, he fought two of the toughest guys in the division and he won those fights.' 

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